From 20-22 January 2016 the Danish Museums Association (ODM) hosted a fruitful and educational learning exchange in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Six participants from five countries came to Copenhagen to learn about ODM, the Danish museum landscape, skills development and training.
Director Nils M. Jensen welcomed the participants to the fourth NEMO Learning Exchange in Copenhagen. After a quick round of introductions and a matching of expectations, the programme was reviewed. Nils then gave a presentation of the Danish museum landscape and an introduction to the legal framework in Denmark, and explained how the ODM works and navigates with regard to conservation, research, education, voluntary work, social responsibility, career development and the experience economy. Nils also touched briefly upon the challenges of copyright and access to cultural heritage.
All participants were invited to the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces and welcomed by Senior Advisor Sophie Bruun. Sophie explained the role and work of the agency, the current museum landscape and legislation, and how the agency navigates within the five museum pillars, more specifically within collection, research, registration, preservation and dissemination.
Sophie also emphasized the diversity of Danish museums, explained how the quality of Danish museums is assessed, and gave a brief outline of the current challenges and trends.
After lunch, the participants were welcomed back at the ODM by Head of Education, Jacob Buhl Jensen. Jacob is responsible for the skills development and training for Danish museums and explained ODM’s approach towards training, how ODM links its museum policy statements to training activities, and how learning principles can be used as drivers for training quality.
The last day of the learning exchange focused on visiting Danish museums. At the Danish Jewish Museum, Director Janne Laursen gave a presentation of the one-of-a-kind museum, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. Libeskind designed the museum based on the word "Mitzvah" and how the Danish people saved thousands of Danish Jews during WWII.
After a guided tour at the museum, it was time for lunch and informal evaluations. The participants were invited to try the Danish "smørrebrød" (open sandwiches with rye bread) and afterwards to see the exhibitions at the National Museum of Denmark, which concluded the three fruitful days of exchange.
NEMO would like to thank the Danish Museums Association for hosting this exchange and facilitating the ODM's practices!
Photos taken by: Stine Folkenberg Hedegaard, Evelyn Kaindl-Ranzinger, Sabine Fauland and Katarína Ocková.